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Old 08-12-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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My house is about 4 years old and some of the drywall in large vertical areas (like stairs) seems to be buckling slightly. Nothing major that needs replacing. Rather like a wrinkle in the paper that comes out 1/4"

It has been suggested that I sand these down and repaint. But I'm worried about sanding through the drywall paper and causing all sorts of propblems.

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Sounds very strange to me: Drywall "buckling" in a 4 year old home?

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Old 08-12-2007, 03:38 PM   #3
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just were the seams come together.
I'll see if I can get a pic
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Are you saying the tape is coming loose? If so take it off and re-tape the seams.
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If it is the seams, then do as MinConst. advised.

Do not do what someone else suggested in regards to simply, "sanding down" the area and painting.
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It's almost as if someone had cracked the drywall in half. Almost in two but not the paper on one side. (maybe the wall was not straight). Then they put it up and you have that little 1/4 bulge from the paper.

I'll get a picture later today
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just were the seams come together.
I'll see if I can get a pic


Staircase



You can got to: http://www.tenzo.org/hall.htm to see more picts and to enlarge.

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can not tell from the pics what is going on but that is nasty looking.
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Scrap and peel off the tape to find out what's going on. I wonder if there some foundation issues here. Also why does your staircase look all dented and chipped?
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Seen this before. Use a utility knife to cut that wrinkled paper out. Re-tape and re-coat. Looks to be settling of the house.
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Can I ask what could possible have caused it to do that?

I am starting to have nightmares of my basement looking like that.

Any advice of what I should or shouldn't do, to avoid this?


Thanks.

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I believe those lines are could be caused by one of the below reasons: insufficient backing at the edge/joing between drywalls(most likely), and/or insufficient fastening when putting on the drywall/ or fastening was too much in and causing paper on drywall damaged....

basically, if drywall have backing on all edges, and enough screws, and screw got install properly... this shouldn't happen

well unless the wall move due to structure problem of the house which I assume this will not be the case... otherwise... there are more serious problems to worry about than those lines...

Real case is:

I think the installer, didn't bother to put extra blocking at the end of the drywall and the drywall end didn't fall into a stud, then when the two drywalls meet, they don't line up... then the taper try to do a favour by using the tape to force the joints be align may be together with some little screws here or there... overtime... this is not sufficient force causing the tape bounce out...

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KUI****G, you win the prize.

Yeah, after following the above sage advice I cut it out with a knife. The guy used the mesh tape, but over time it just didn't hold.

There are one or two other places where the drywall is doing that in the center of the wall. Basicall bowing out because they didnt use enough fasteners.

So I'm cuttin our the spots. Using drywall screws to anchor above and below it and then having a guy come in to mud it up.

What a PITA

But thanks to you guys, I can fix it.
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Scrap and peel off the tape to find out what's going on. I wonder if there some foundation issues here. Also why does your staircase look all dented and chipped?
cuz it is.
They used pine (soft wood) and it has a lot of knots and gets marked up pretty easy

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